Bon Appetit Salutes Pizzeria Beddia

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Pizzeria Beddia | Photo by Courtney Apple

Last year, Philadelphia magazine named Pizzeria Beddia Best Pizza in Philly and it’s been onwards and upwards for pizza genius Joe Beddia since then. Today Bon Appetit named Beddia the pizzeria… not best in Philly, not best in Pennsylvania, not even best in the Northeast, but the best in AMERICA.

With this news the lines will only get longer, but we’re willing to wait. Huge congrats to Joe, “the Pizza Saint” for this recognition – the man deserves it – after all, he does hand-make every pie himself.

Pizzeria Beddia [Foobooz]

Vendy and Burger Brawl Winners

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Back-to-back for Blue Duck.

This week saw two big food competitions go down in Philadelphia. On Saturday, Philadelphia’s food truck scene was saluted with the Vendy Awards. The “Oscars of food trucks” named Foolish Waffles the best food truck; SeoulFull Philly as the rookie of the year; and Underground Donuts for Best Dessert.

Then on Sunday, the Burger Brawl took over the parking lot adjacent to Xfinity Live as 54 restaurants competed for the title of best burger. There were three awards on the line, the Judges Choice, the People’s Choice and new this year, a cocktail competition.

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The Khyber Makes Esquire’s Best Bars List

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Photo by Arthur Etchells

The Khyber Pass Pub makes Esquire’s list of the best bars in America. The bar is one of 15 new bars on the list, and the only one from Philadelphia. Esquire describes the bar from David Frank and Stephen Simons as:

Back in the 1980s, the Khyber was where all the punk bands played. Nowadays the bands are gone and it’s a lot cleaner. But there’s still a great rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, decent New Orleans food (and cocktails), and a whole lot of craft beer on tap.

The Khyber is the first Philadelphia bar to make the Esquire list since 2007.

Other Philadelphia bars to make the Esquire list »

Is Bob & Barbara’s the Most Iconic Bar In Pennsylvania? Yahoo Says Yes

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We love Bob & Barbara’s, that classic Philadelphia dive bar at 1509 South Street. Bob & Barbara’s is the originator and home of the Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jim Beam “Special,” the city’s longest running drag show, a kickass karaoke night, and a diverse clientele ranging from neighborhood oldheads to bike messengers to gentrifiers to Wharton students (ugh) and everyone in between. But is Bob & Barbara’s the most iconic bar in the entire state of Pennsylvania? Read more »

James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced

james-beard-semisToday at noon, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards.

Abe Fisher and Townsend were Best New Restaurant nominees. Michael Solomonov and Marc Vetri got nods for Outstanding Chef and Ellen Yin’s new restaurant group received three nominations. Fork was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant and Alex Bois (High Street on Market) and Jon Nodler (a.kitchen) received rising stars nominations.

The nominees »

Serious Eats Declares the Roast Pork Sandwich Our Greatest Culinary Attraction

Reading-Term-Roast-Pork-BeefSerious Eats wasn’t very impressed with the state of Philadelphia’s cheesesteak scene but is a big fan of our roast pork sandwiches. Features Editor Niki Achitoff-Gray tried 14 of them recently and came up with her best six.

It’s a pretty good list, we just wish it were easier to find ANY roast pork sandwich after nightfall.

Serious Eats Best Roast Pork Sandwiches in Philadelphia »

Main Line Happenings: Ardmore Becoming Beer Destination

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Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery  was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.

The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.

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Accolades: Fork’s Samantha Kincaid Named a Best New Pastry Chef

Sam Kincaid | Photo by Jason Varney, via UWISHUNU

Sam Kincaid | Photo by Jason Varney, via UWISHUNU

We know Food & Wine is already a big fan of Eli Kulp, having named him Best New Chef back in April. Now they’ve named Fork’s pastry chef, Samantha Kincaid as one of the Best New Pastry Chefs in America. Kincaid was one of five named by the magazine.

Congrats to Kincaid and the entire Fork team.

Best New Pastry Chefs in America [Food & Wine]

Two of Philly’s Meatballs Named Best in America

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Meatballs at Pizzeria Stella

Travel + Leisure Magazine recently named Pizzeria Stella’s Polpette dish and Zahav’s Bulgarian-style meatballs as two of their picks for Best Meatballs in America.

Pizzeria Stella’s meatballs are created from a mix of pork, veal and beef, ricotta, bread and fresh herbs. Roasted in Stella’s wood-fired oven, these little guys are then finished in a simple sauce of San Marzano tomatoes and olive oil.

Zahav’s meatballs are made with equal parts beef and lamb, then cooked over charcoal. But as T&L puts it, the touches that really make them pop is sugar for a hint of sweetness.

Well done, Philly.

Best Meatballs in America [Travel + Leisure]

Pizzeria Stella [Foobooz]
Zahav [Foobooz]

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